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THE MORNING LINE "Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'" — Isaac Asimov

movies First Monday in May is a documentary about China: Through the Looking Glass, the Met fashion exhibition that drew record crowds.

See Class Divide in short order after First Monday in May and it will only amplify this film's exploration of the two worlds in NYC, symbolized by low-income housing and luxury condos side-by-side.

books Out April 20, photos by Steve Schapiro from a 1974 photoshoot of Bowie, most of which have never been published.

The Vanishing Velázquez by Laura Cumming is the true (and gripping) story of a bookseller in England who, in 1845, stumbles on what he believes to be a lost work by the artist. The repercussions of this find remind us that life is short, art is long.

talk Art jeweler, goldsmith and scholar Robert Baines discusses The Historic Goldsmith Informing the Contemporary on Monday, April 18, 6:30pm, at the General Society Library, 20 W. 44th [5th/6th] 212.840.1840, $15, reserve.

At NYPL on Wednesday, April 27, 7pm, Helen Mirren talks Shakespeare, on the 400th anniversary of the playwright's death. Tickets are $40.

theater Dear Evan Hansen, written by Justin Paul and Benj Pasek, directed by Michael Greif, is a new musical playing now at Second Stage—hard to describe without giving too much away, but a touching and smart look at a troubled teenager, beset by depression.
[Photo: David Korins]

A whole 'nother kind of trouble. The chilling novel by Bret Easton EllisAmerican Psycho—now sings and dances, thanks to a score by Duncan Sheik. And yes, it still chills.

skint - adj. british slang (1930-35)
lacking funds, broke, bust, stone-broke, impecunious

Around town this weekend, courtesy of the skint: a daily listing of free and cheap things to buy, see, do and eat in New York.

fri 6-8pm (thru 6/11): enter the valley of the dolls at the opening reception for janet cardiff and george bures miller's 'the marionette maker,' an immersive exhibition where viewers observe events unfurling inside a full-scale vintage caravan. luhring augustine gallery (chelsea), free.

sat-sun dawn till dusk (+ 4/30-5/1): take in more than 13,000 tulips at the west side community garden's annual tulip festival, which includes tours, a flower arranging class, and live piano music. free admission.

sat 11am-6pm: shelf worn, slightly damaged, and used books are on sale for just $1-10 at the kitchen arts + letters bookstore's clean-out sale.

sat 1-5pm: construct your own pinhole camera at staten island's alice austen house, then return on the 26th to develop your photos on worldwide pinhole photography day. $5 (registration required).

sat 3pm, 5:30pm, 8pm: performers including patti lupone, judy kuhn, max von essen, carolee carmello, patina miller, tovah feldshuh, and dozens more join in an 8-hour tribute to broadway composer and lyricist stephen schwartz (godspell, pippin, wicked) at symphony space (uws). free unreserved seating is available on a first-come/first-served basis.

sun 12-2pm: use your noodle (and tastebuds) to help decide who wins at the brooklyn mac and cheeze takedown. royal palms shuffleboard club (gowanus), $20.

sun 1-7pm: see what the buzz is about at the greenpointers spring market, which boasts 60 local crafters and makers, a roving typist, massages, henna tattoos, nail art, food + beverages, and more. greenpoint loft, free admission.

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